Friday, 19 September 2014

Poetry Corner #15

Paradise Lost is an epic piece of poetry written by John Milton in 1667. It is far too long to post as a whole therefore I have chosen the most famous extract to share today from Book One.

Extract from Paradise Lost (Book 1)

Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit      
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste    
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,          
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man          
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,                
Sing, Heav'nly Muse, that, on the secret top 
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire      
That Shepherd who first taught the chosen seed,     
In the beginning how the heav'ns and earth  
Rose out of Chaos; or if Sion hill               
Delight thee more, and Siloa’s brook that flowed      
Fast by the oracle of God, I thence   
Invoke thy aid to my advent'rous song,         
That with no middle flight intends to soar      
Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues              
Things attempted yet in prose or rhyme

John Milton 1608-1674

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